The 1975 will headline the 2022 Reading & Leeds Festival alongside Halsey.
The Reading & Leeds Festival announced that The 1975 would be the latest to join the bill as this year’s headliners. The 1975 will take to the stage at Reading‘s Richfield Avenue on Sunday, August 28, and Leeds‘ Bramham Park on Friday, August 26.
Their previous headline performance at Reading & Leeds was “a politically-charged and empowering triumph for Britain’s biggest band.” The group’s performance on both stages this year will be fans’ first chance to see them live in their native UK since 2020. The 1975’s headline slot both reaffirms their status as a leader in modern alternative music and showcases the evolution of their sound in the weeks leading up to the release of their latest album.
The Manchester band — consisting of Matty Healy, George Daniel, Adam Hann, and Ross MacDonald — has been teasing their upcoming fifth album, Being Funny in a Foreign Language, for the past few weeks. The album is available for pre-order before its Friday, October 14 release, and features the singles “Part of the Band” and “Happiness.”
Reading & Leeds is excited to return in 2022 with hundreds of acts set to play at “the ultimate festival weekend of the summer — defining and celebrating the sounds of modern, groundbreaking music, as well as a world-class comedy line-up.”
Other artists headlining the festival this year include Arctic Monkeys, Megan Thee Stallion, Bring Me The Horizon, Run The Jewels, and Glass Animals. There will be performances from various artists such as Ashnikko, Jack Harlow, Gorgon City, Hybrid Minds, Bastille, and many more.
Rage Against the Machine was previously set to headline the event this summer. Vocalist Zack de la Rocha tore his Achilles tendon in a leg injury during the band’s recent concert in Chicago, forcing their cancellation of several scheduled performances. The band was advised per medical guidance to discontinue the August and September UK and European legs of their tour — which would have included Reading & Leeds.